Giant fossilised tree trunk discovered on the Greek island of Lemnos

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Giant fossilised tree trunk discovered on the Greek island of LemnosThe Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest will continue to work on the site of the Petrified Forest of Lemnos in September when the works in Varos are expected to be concluded

A giant fossilized tree trunk was discovered at the village of Varos on the island of Limnos (also spelled Lemnos) during excavation, maintenance and site presentation work conducted by a team from the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, led by the museum's director, Professor Nikolaos Zouros, ANA reports.

"The eight-meter long trunk completely preserves the characteristics of the wood while the endings of the branches are in excellent condition. It is an impressive find of a fossilized coniferous tree for which we have an overall image of its dimensions and which is an incontrovertible witness of the value of the Lemnos fossilized forest," said Zouros to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

According to Zouros, the creation of the fossilized forest is directly linked with the volcanic activity in the region of the Aegean, mostly during the Miocene era, nearly 20 million years ago. In that period there was general volcanic activity in the wider region of the northeastern Aegean and Asia Minor, during which the fossilized forests of both Lemnos and Lesvos were formed.

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